Everything You Wanted To Know About CBD But Were Afraid To Ask
What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that's used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Or in a lotion to relieve muscle pain and tension. It can also clear up skin conditions like excema. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive.
How does CBD work? CBD works my stimulating the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. All vertebrates have and endocannabinoid system which is responsible maintaining homeostasis in the body. The endocannabinoid system is made up of three parts: enocannabinoid receptors, cannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body on the surface of cells in the brain, organs, tissues, and glands. These receptors are embedded in cell membranes and produce varying reactions when stimulated by cannabinoids. Cannabinoids come from two distinct places — the body, which produces naturally occurring endocannabinoids, and the cannabis plant, which produces phytocannabinoids. The third part of the ECS is metabolic enzymes. Metabolic enzymes act like a natural referee in that they destroy endocannabinoids once they are used and no longer useful to the body. The two main metabolic enzymes are fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL). This self-regulating system ensures the interaction only happens when needed and therefore keeps the workings of the endocannabinoid system relatively quiet to the conscious brain, unlike, the hormonal system, which can keep the chemicals around longer than the interaction.
Where does CBD come from? CBD comes from Hemp which is part of the Cannabis plant family and a cousin to Marijuana. Hemp is legal to grow and harvest (under the 2014 Hemp Farm Bill) and must contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana contains higher levels of THC. CBD will not make you high. THC will.
How Do I use CBD? For Anxiety, Pain, Insomnia you can put tincture under your tongue once or twice a day. You can also take a gummy or vape it. See the handy calculator below for a guide on how much to take.
For muscle aches or skin conditions, simply rub the appropriate lotion or salve over the affected area as needed.
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